SALT LAKE CITY — A man was arrested Friday following an hourslong SWAT standoff as officers tried to negotiate with him after he had barricaded himself inside a motor home.
The incident began about 2:15 a.m. when police say Jacob Trudeau Mills, 32, approached several people sitting in a parked car in front of their apartment. Mills opened the car door, punched one of the occupants and then pointed a gun at the group while saying, “snitches get stitches,” according to a police affidavit.
One of the car’s occupants told police that Mills used to live in the apartment below him and that “he has been ‘bullying’ the whole neighborhood,” the affidavit states. Investigators were told that Mills now lives in a motor home parked on the street.
Police found the RV parked on 400 North near Pamela Way (1750 West). Mills’ wife came out of the vehicle at the request of police, but he refused, the affidavit states. Because police believed Mills might be armed, a SWAT team was called to the scene.
“During the standoff, Jacob was seen throwing a holstered pistol out the door of the motor home. This pistol matched perfectly the victims’ description of the gun that was pointed at them,” according to the affidavit.
Police noted that the victims were afraid of Mills and initially were reluctant to share information with police, stating, “He will kill us now. We are dead.”
After several hours of negotiation, Mills came out of the RV and surrendered just after 9 a.m. He was arrested for investigation of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon by a restricted person and obstruction of justice.